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a problem shared is a problem halved
Talking about a problem with someone else usually makes it seem less daunting or troubling. Just tell me what's bothering you, honey. You know what they say—a problem shared is a problem halved.
do (one's) share
To do one's part in a group activity. If you don't do your share with the slides, our presentation will never be finished on time.
have (one's) share of (something)
To have a sufficient amount of something. That little girl is just eight years old, and she's already had her share of hardship, unfortunately.
have had more than (one's) fair share of (something)
To endure more unpleasant things than other people, especially when such trials are undeserved. That poor girl has had more than her fair share of trauma in her short life.
share and share alike
To take or distribute equal portions or shares of something. When he won the lottery, Dan gave a part of the money to every family in the neighborhood. "Share and share alike," he said. Come on, kids, there are enough toys for everyone to play with. Share and share alike!
lion's share of something
Fig. the largest portion of something. I earn a lot, but the lion's share goes for taxes. The lion's share of the surplus cheese goes to school cafeterias.
one's fair share
the amount of something that one is due relative to what other people are receiving. Let him take more. He didn't get his fair share. I want my fair share. You cheated me! Give me some more!
share and share alike
Cliché having or taking equal shares. I kept five and gave the other five to Mary—share and share alike. The two roommates agreed that they would divide expenses—share and share alike.
share someone's pain
to understand and sympathize with someone's pain or emotional discomfort. (Said in order to sound sympathetic.) I am sorry about the loss of your home. I share your pain. We sympathize about the loss of your mother. We share your pain.
share someone's sorrow
to grieve as someone else grieves. We all share your sorrow on this sad, sad day. I am sorry to hear about the death in your family. I share your sorrow.
Thank you for sharing.
Inf. a sarcastic remark made when someone tells something that is unpleasant, overly personal, disgusting, or otherwise annoying. Thank you for sharing. I really need to hear about your operation. Thank you for sharing, Bob. I hope your parents' divorce goes well.
trouble shared is a trouble halved
Prov. If you tell someone about a problem you are having, or request someone's help with a problem, the problem will not seem so daunting. (Can be used to encourage someone to confide in you or ask for your help.) Jill: Is something wrong? You've seemed so depressed lately. Jane: Oh, I wouldn'twant to bother you with it. Jill: Don't be silly. A trouble shared is a trouble halved, remember.
The greater part or most of something, as in Whenever they won a doubles match, Ethel claimed the lion's share of the credit, or As usual, Uncle Bob took the lion's share of the cake. This expression alludes to Aesop's fable about a lion, who got all of a kill because its fellow hunters, an ass, fox, and wolf, were afraid to claim their share. [Late 1700s]
share and share alike
Mete out or partake of something equally, as in Mom told the children to share and share alike with their Halloween candy. This term, first recorded about 1566, alluded to the equal apportioning of spoils and soon was broadened to include equal sharing in the costs of a venture and other undertakings or possessions.
the lion's share
COMMON If you get the lion's share of something, you get the largest part of it. Their athletes won the lion's share of the medals. While Gladys was given the lion's share of their mother's attention, Mary and her two younger brothers enjoyed their freedom. Note: This refers to Aesop's fable `The Lion and his Fellow Hunters', in which a lion goes hunting with several other animals and takes everything that they catch for himself, instead of sharing it with them.
the lion's sharethe largest part of something.
1998 Times Rich countries generally seize the lion's share of trade.
share and share alikehave or receive an equal share; share things equally.
a share/slice of the ˈcake(British English) (American English a piece/share/slice of the ˈpie) a share of the benefits or profits: Third-world countries are discovering how their natural resources have been exploited by the rest of the world and now they want a bigger slice of the cake.
(more than) your fair ˈshare of something(more than) the usual, expected or desired amount of something: I’ve had more than my fair share of problems recently, but now things seem to be getting better again. ♢ We’ve all paid our fair share except Delia, who’s never got any money.
the ˈlion’s share (of something)(British English) the largest part of something that is being shared: The lion’s share of the awards have gone to American stars again.This idiom comes from one of Aesop’s fables. The lion is helped by other animals to kill a stag, but then refuses to share it with them.
share and share aˈlike(saying) share things equally: Children must learn to share and share alike.
a trouble ˌshared is a trouble ˈhalved(saying) if you talk to somebody about your problems and worries, instead of keeping them to yourself, they seem less serious: You really should tell someone how you feel. After all, a trouble shared is a trouble halved.
To have a share or part in something: When the company began to make money, everyone working there shared in the profits.
n. the largest portion. I earn a lot, but the lion’s share goes for taxes.
The greatest or best part.
To be concerned or partake equally or jointly, as in a business venture.